The Quarry Gardens at Schuyler: Wetland Survey 2018
A former beaver pond at the southwest end of the Quarry Gardens property has developed, through natural succession, into a wet meadow community. The team visited the site in August 2018 to describe this community and survey its flora and fauna. Of the shrubs that once occupied the wetland — species like black willow (Salix nigra) and smooth alder (Alnus serrulata) — only scattered snags and logs remain, along with a few saplings. The meadow is now dominated by rice cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides), American bur-reed (Sparganium americanum), leafy bulrush (Scirpus polyphyllus), and water-pepper (Persicaria hydropiper). The animals identified here included five species of frogs and toads, along with a diverse array of fishes, dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, and spiders.